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Comment: Not convincing at all (Score 3, Insightful) 433

by paskie (#48593789) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Audio is just a crazy world of snake oil and placebo.

Really, the argument that's supposed to convince us is this?

> That warm vinyl sound: "I think this is what people like about it: it pins very closely to the way that human beings hear music organically," Gonsalves said. "It's very mid-range-y and very warm," a sound that flatters the fuzzy guitars of rock 'n' roll.

I'm sorry but I just don't buy it. There seems to be no obvious reason why you couldn't easily hack up a digital audio filter that makes stuff "sound like a vinyl". I'd even wager that it already exists?

Especially when you skip the compression and use FLACs. (But no, I'm not that kind of person who would claim to be able to distnguish 320kbps mp3 from a FLAC.)

Comment: Re:You're Doing It Wrong (Score 1) 567

by paskie (#48573903) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

I don't really use side-by-side windows but I still like portrait mode - because I get to have enough room for sideways tabs!

Seriously, I don't get it why by default the browsers still ship the tab bar at the top. As soon as you have more than 6-10 tabs open, tab bar on the side becomes incredibly more convenient to work with.

Comment: Re:Almost made it ... (Score 4, Insightful) 48

by paskie (#48479825) Attached to: Philae May Have Grazed Crater Rim

I don't know why are people looking at it as failure. We got plenty of data, we even got the very important chemical analysis data in the last session. It would have been great if it worked further, just as it was awesome that the Mars rover worked much longer than their projected mission lifetime was. But if that did not work out, we still got a lot of value out of this, so I don't follow why should it be a failure.

Comment: Vojtech Pavlik is awesome :) (Score 5, Insightful) 61

by paskie (#48429345) Attached to: A Brilliant Mind: SUSE's Kernel Guru Speaks

Vojtech brought me to SUSE Labs where I then worked on git and glibc for several years; since I did home office, we didn't meet that often but whenever we did, even because of something banal, it was a little awe inspiring for me. SUSE Labs is packed with brilliant people, but I always got the feel he's the smartest guy around. *And* at the same time it's a place that feels as un-corporate as possible in a corporation, I'm sure mostly thanks to his managing role.

So, I'm generally a bit sceptical about revering articles. But this one is spot on. When I think about it, I guess I still consider him one of my role models. :)

P.S.: Don't you guys feel kind of bored by the systemd spam under every Linux article too?

+ - Debian Votes not to Mandate Non-systemd Compatibility

Submitted by paskie
paskie (539112) writes "Voting on a Debian General Resolution that would require packagers to maintain support even for systems not running systemd ended tonight with the resolution failing to gather enough support.

This means that some Debian packages could require users to run systemd on their systems in theory — however, in practice Debian still works fine without systemd (even with e.g. GNOME) and this will certainly stay the case at least for the next stable release Jessie.

However, the controversial GR proposed late in the development cycle opened many wounds in the community, prompting some prominent developers to resign or leave altogether, stirring strong emotions — not due to adoption of systemd per se, but because of the emotional burn-out and shortcomings in the decision processes apparent in the wake of the systemd controversy.

Nevertheless, work on the next stable release is well underway and some developers are already trying to mend the community and soothe the wounds."

+ - Organic molecules detected on comet by Philae->

Submitted by Shortguy881
Shortguy881 (2883333) writes "Carbon-containing "organics" are the basis of life on Earth and may give clues to chemical ingredients delivered to our planet early in its history. The compounds were picked up by a German-built instrument designed to "sniff" the comet's thin atmosphere. Other analyses suggest the comet's surface is largely water-ice covered with a thin dust layer. The European Space Agency (Esa) craft touched down on the Comet 67P on 12 November after a 10-year journey."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:People (Score 0) 481

by paskie (#48064943) Attached to: Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Based on Kant's imperative, I don't want to do myself what I wouldn't want others to do. I wouldn't want others to eat me (at least if it involved killing me first), so I wouldn't eat others either.

The question is, who are the "others" - in this context, clearly those that are also capable of guiding themselves by the Kant's imperative. Is any animal intelligent enough to make a choice based on this imperative? (I.e. it would willingly choose not to eat me based on observing me not eating its kindred.) I'm no expert on animal intelligence but I really doubt so.

Let's feast!

Comment: Re:Opensource remake (Score 1) 93

"Clearly not concerned about the AI's performance?"

It uses Python, indeed. And for the computationally intensive tasks, it uses numpy and theano. Theano is general symbolic computation framework that will automatically accelerate your vector computations on a nearby GPU, etc.

I don't know how it compares with (likely Lua, torch-based) deepmind's implementation. But assuming that scientific python programs actually do their expensive computations in the Python VM is really rather silly.

Comment: Re:Full Disclosure can be found on oss-security... (Score 2) 399

by paskie (#47990205) Attached to: Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

And now it turns out that even patched bash still carries some related security bugs. (Not really a surprise since the parser is complex and bound to, seems like running it on arbitrary environment variables really isn't the best idea...)

So, if you think you are safe,

export X='() { (a)=>\'
bash -c 'brm date'
cat brm

(N.B. the backslash is not inhibiting the apostrophe in shell syntax.)

That is, by crafter environment variables you can still overwrite files and run commands that were supposed to be parameters instead. This is still very dangerous, but thankfully the attack surface is smaller than before, for example $SSH_ORIGINAL_COMMAND is frequently not an issue anymore (at least in case of gitolite I couldn't *quickly* figure out a way to exploit this), etc.

No patch for this available yet.

Today is a fun day for linux! Think about switching your /bin/sh to dash and maybe login shell of non-interactive users too!

Comment: Re:Already fixed in Debian... (Score 1) 399

by paskie (#47985973) Attached to: Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

On, as login shell for all git user accounts we use a shell script that does some verifications, shows nice error messages etc. Thankfully, #!/bin/sh is at the top of the script and that's dash on the Debian server; otherwise, we would have been vulnerable. (Only getting into a chroot as non-root, but still...)

Comment: git@ shell accounts using gitolite and gitosis (Score 1) 399

by paskie (#47985933) Attached to: Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

You can get shell on git@ accounts set up with gitolite and gitosis, at least some of their versions will use /bin/bash as the login shell (and only use ~/.ssh/authorized_keys to restrict the commands). One easy way to check whether your git server account is vulnerable:

ssh git@yourgitserver '() { echo $1; }; /usr/bin/id'

Comment: Re: How many of you are still using Gnome? (Score 2) 403

by paskie (#47981471) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

Because a desktop environment ties into a lot of the rest of the system infrastructure - from volume controls to disk mounting to power management - and the system infrastructure keeps moving forward. Therefore, you need to maintain the desktop environment in order for it to keep working well. A typical case is that xfce + new upower tends to suspend twice when you close the lid (i.e. when you open the notebook lid, it re-suspends right away). This is because noone updated xfce's power manager to a new upower API that was announced >6 months before it appeared in a release. (AFAIK xfce update finally happenned and is now fighting its way into Debian unstable.)

Desktop environment is not maintenance free. The rest of the infrastructure evolves (for real reasons - better hardware support, security fixes, usability, ...) and the DEs need to keep pace.

"The identical is equal to itself, since it is different." -- Franco Spisani